Sally C. Johnson MD

(919) 972-7456
2218 Nelson HWY, NC HWY 54 East, Suite 2, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychology and the Law


Sally C. Johnson M.D. joined the Carolina Law Faculty as an Adjunct professor in 2007 to teach a course in Psychiatry and the Law. The seminar course is designed to enhances students’ understanding of mental illness and the various civil and criminal issues that can arise at the intersection of mental illness and the law. Sally is a Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College)/Duke trained practicing forensic psychiatrist who has continued an academic career after retiring as a Captain in the US Public Health Service, where she developed and administrated medical and mental health services including forensic evaluations services for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she is the Clinical Director of the UNC Forensic Psychiatry Program and Clinic, and also teaches at both Duke and UNC Schools of Law. She conducts criminal and civil evaluations, has extensive experience as an expert witness, has been involved in research with military veteran populations, and consults nationally and internationally on forensic issues, including understanding standards of care, correctional mental health care, violence risk assessment and management, and identification and treatment of serious mental illness. She serves on the Carolina Performing Arts Board at UNC, the Eastman School of Music National Board, and the Big Ears Festival Board. She is president of the William D. and Dr. Sally C. Johnson Family Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting health, education, and the arts.


  • BS Pennsylvania State University, MD Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (Now Sidney Kimmel Medical College), Psychiatry Residency Duke University Medical Center